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Sibyl Creasey and Shirley Fuller have extracted news articles from two old county newspapers, the Canton Herald and the Wills Point Chronicle. These newspapers have been microfilmed and are housed at the Van Zandt County Library of Genealogy and Local History, located in the courthouse annex in Canton, for the benefit of researchers. Copies of these articles are also available by writing to the Van Zandt County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 1388, Canton, TX 75103. When requesting a copy, please send a check or money order for $2 to cover cost of copying and postage.

CANTON HERALD, September 23, 1932

"Mrs. M. Reed entertained at a children's party Saturday afternoon in honor of her niece, Miss Betty Dean Patrick, who is visiting here from Texas, and whose third birthday it was. Games were played during the afternoon, and dainty refreshments were served. Children who were present were Bayliss and Jimmy McDonald, Arthur Watson, Bobby Jean, Keneth and Billy Joe Walls, Mabel Lackey, Rophina Lackey, Keith Clark, Clarry Steves, Doyn Gibson, Lewis Reed, Billy Reed, and Marilyn Calac. (Reprinted from the Fall Brook Calif. Enterprise)

"This is to remind you that the East Van Zandt County district singing convention meets with the Jones singing class, five miles south of Grand Saline, on next Saturday night and Sunday, Sept. 24 and 25. All singers and lovers of the God given art of good vocal music are invited to be with us. Come, bring you song books and let's forget the depression for a time at least. We are expecting some out of county singers, representatives from several books companies. So come, help us enjoy the good singing. And don't forget that the Jones community is noted for its loyalty and hospitality in supporting the singing interest in Van Zandt county. Come everybody. M.E. White, Pres.; W.M. Blakeley, Vice Pres.; D.B. Carter, Sec.

"E.D. Fletcher, who died in a Terrell hospital Tuesday morning, was buried in the Cana cemetery Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, the funeral service being conducted by Rev. J.D. Odom, pastor of the Lagow Presbyterian church of Dallas, where the deceased had lived since 1919. Mr. Fletcher was born Nov. 23, 1872. Surviving him are three sons, Edward W., Robert R. and Williard A., of Dallas and two daughters, Mrs. H.C. Hulum and Miss Erin Fletcher of Dallas. He was a carpenter by trade and formerly resided at Kaufman.

"Seventy of the Stansberry kin and fifty-one friends and neighbors met at the home of Grandmother Stansberry, one and one-half miles east of Myrtle Springs, to enjoy a birthday dinner in her honor. All fourteen of the living children were present, many coming from a great distance to celebrate the occasion. Mrs. Stansberry is 63 years old and the mother of 17 children, 55 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. The many tables fairly groaned with all kinds of meats, vegetables, relishes and delicacies characteristic of Van Zandt county picnic dinner. After the lunch and visiting, a religious meeting was held under the direction of Brother Malone of the Turner community. Mrs. Stansberry is hale and hearty and can pick 150 pounds of cotton in a day, aside from the duties of the home. She received many pretty gifts from members of her family and friends. All joined in with one accord in wishing Grandmother Stansberry many happy returns of the day.

"Marriage Licenses as recorded by County Clerk C.A. Groves during the week ending Monday, Sept. 19, follows: A.E. Sprague and Eona Mae Edwards; L.D. Whatney and Ruby Yarbrough; Elmer Howard and Ester Lee Wade; Geo. R. Burks and Opal Mings; Cecil E. Hargrove and Mabel Clay; A.W. Davis and Elsie Kirby; H.E. Barnett and Dovie May Bone; Arlie Howowell and Ivy George; Howard Kinney and Linnie Fay Click; Cecil Miles and Alvenia Morris; and J.D. Ray and Pauline Thompson.

"The children of W.T. Petty of the Moore community near Canton prepared dinner for their father Sunday, September 18, in honor of his 55th birthday. The day was one of feast and merrymaking, since all the children and grandchildren of the family were present for the happy occasion. Those enjoying the day were the following: Mr. and Mrs. Bill Lummus and children, Billy and Doris, of Canton; Mr. and Mrs. Mark Swinney and children, Jaunice and Durvan, of Colfax; Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Petty and children, Billy Bob and Wanda of Moore; Mr. and Mrs. Ed Wilkerson and son, Roland, and Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Petty of Moore.

"NEWS OF INTEREST AT THE COUNTY SEAT: Ernest West was an Overton visitor Tuesday. Earl Wisdom and Bob Hall spent Sunday in Houston. Harmon McAllister of Quitman has been visiting George Hilliard. Rob Blackwell and family went to Tyler Thursday to see the circus. Richard Strode of McKinney has been the guest of George Hilliard. Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Fawver and baby of Van visited relatives here Sunday. Mr. and Mrs. Theo Lumpkin and son, Theo, Jr., visited relatives in the Alsa community, near Wills Point, Sunday afternoon. Mrs. W.L. Steed and Mrs. Howard Heard motored to Denton Wednesday to the former's son, Jack, to enter N.T.S.T.C.

"Misses Lola Groves, Lois and Audie Williams, Claudine Ayers and Mrs. Albert Hargrove spent Thursday of last week in Dallas. Mr. and Mrs. Hardy Waters and son, Gene, Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Anderson of Pittsburg visited Mr. and Mrs. Lee Walters Sunday. Dr. and Mrs. Bateman of Tyler were week end visitors in the home of the former's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Bateman. Mrs. W.H. Compton received word Wednesday morning of the death of her aunt, Mrs. S.F. Konzen, of 6709 Sherman St., Houston, Texas.

"Mr. and Mrs. Orsborne Richards returned Monday from an extended visit in New Mexico, and with the latter's parents in Lamkin, Texas. Mr. and Mrs. Shade Connor and little daughter, Mary Ben, and Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Tull and daughter, Dorothy Jane, spent Sunday in Dallas. Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Majors visited the former's mother, Mrs. P.M. Majors in the Center community, near Wills Point, Saturday night and Sunday.

"Miss Carlye Mae Wallace, Mrs. Myrtle Browning and daughter, Miss Constance, went to Knox City, Knox county this week where Miss Browning will teach school. The others remained for a visit. Mrs. J.W. Barnes, who has been sick and was under the doctor's treatment at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Donie Compton in Canton, is able to go back home at the old home place three miles south of Canton."

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